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1 Dr. Marion Müller NAFSA, Minneapolis 2007 Excellence Matters

2 Sources: samples/elite_300.jpg Looking for Top Universities... "Creating a German 'elite'" Brain Brain up! up! Deutschland Deutschland sucht sucht seine seine Spitzenuniversitäten Spitzenuniversitäten "Are German Universities Losing Their Luster?" Deutschland Nachrichten: Politik 12. Januar 2004 Spitzenuniversitäten in Deutschland Deutschland sucht seine Spitzenuniversitäten EXTRA: Elite-Unis für Deutschland? SPD will deutsche Spitzenuniversitäten

3 This is what you can expect... Germany's Excellence Initiative What it is? What it does? Why It Matters to the US? Illustration unter Verwendung von:

4 Goals of the Excellence Initiative Strengthening centres of excellence in research Creating an integrated approach to fostering the development of young researchers, especially their early independence Creating networks between universities, research organisations and industry Implementing efficient management structures within universities Introducing a 20% contribution to the funding of the indirect costs of research Strengthening the international visibility of German research Illustration taken from:

5 Investing in Scientific Excellence Joint funding by the government (75%) and the federal states (25%) sum total ( ): 1.9 bn ; 380 m p.a. 20% of the project grant sum for indirect costs of research Institutional strategies to promote top-level university research Graduate Schools approx. 40 Research Training Schools approx. 1 m p.a. each Clusters of Excellence approx. 30 Excellence Centres approx. 6.5 m p.a. each Illustration taken from:

6 Investing in Scientific Excellence Graduate Schools approx.. 40 approx.. 1 m p.a. each Structured research training in an excellent research environment Develop internationally competitive centres of toplevel research and scientific excellence by promoting young researchers Instrument of quality assurance in promoting young researchers Important part of a university s strategic and academic planning Integrative institution with international visibility Institutional strategies to promote top-level university research Offer long-term approach for the entire university Increase international competitiveness Build on structures such as DFG Research Centers, DFG Research Training Groups, Max Planck Research Schools Professional leadership and efficient management Unconventional ideas encouraged Clusters of Excellence approx.. 30 approx m p.a. each Concentrate research competence in particularly innovative fields Create internationally visible and highly competitive research priorities Significantly raise a university s profile Build on already existing strengths Reflect its considered long-term priorities 3 comprehensive criteria for all 3 funding lines: excellence and promotion of young scientists // networks // cooperation

7 Selection Process Clusters of Excellence Graduate Schools Institutional Strategies approvals nd step full proposals Grants Committee (JC, Federal Minister & Länder Ministers for Research Joint Commission 24 Review Panels funding decision recommendations for all funding lines 1st step Joint Commission (DFG Scientific C. & WR Strategy C.) 20 Review Panels review selection & call for full proposals draft proposals Call for Proposals (DFG & WR)

8 Schedule 1st Round pre-proposals proposals 30 Sep. 05 submission of pre-proposals Nov./ Dec.. 05 assessment through 20 multinational peer review panels January 06 decision by Joint Commission on pre-proposal 20 April 06 submission of proposals June / July 06 review panels 13 Oct.. 06 decision on proposals Nov. 06 start of funding 2nd Round: 10 April 06 call for proposals 9 June 06 non-binding letters of intent 15 Sep. 06 submission of pre-proposals 118 Graduate Schools 123 Clusters of Excellence 20 Institutional Strategies Nov. 06 Jan. 07 review panels decision by Joint Commission on pre-proposals pre-proposals 13 Apr. 07 submission of proposals May- July 07 review panels 19 Oct.. 07 decision on proposals proposals

9 Selection Process (2 nd round 2006/2007) Draft proposals (15. Sept. 2006) Graduate Schools Clusters of Excellence Institutional Strategy * * * 1 st round 27 review panels (Nov. 2006) Joint commission (Jan. 2007) Full proposals (13. Apr. 2007) 2 nd round review panels (May/Jul. 2007) Joint Commission (Oct. 2007) Excellence Initiative Grants Committee (Oct. 2007) Grants approvals (Oct. 2007) start of funding (Nov. 2007) ca. 20 ca. 15 ca. 5-7 * full proposals which were not funded in the 1 st round

10 Results of the Excellence Initiative's 1st Round ((Oct ) Bremen: 1 Schleswig-Holstein: 1 Graduate Schools Clusters of Excellence Institutional Strategy Lower Saxony: 1 / 2 Northrhine- Westphalia: 3 / 3 Hesse: 1 / 2 Baden-Württemberg: 4 / 3 / 1 Bochum U Aachen TH Bremen U Bonn U Mannheim U Hannover MedH Gießen U Kiel U Göttingen U Frankfurt/Main U Würzburg U Heidelberg U Karlsruhe U Berlin HU Erlangen-Nürnberg Freiburg U Konstanz U München U Berlin FU München TU Berlin TU Dresden TU Berlin: 3 Saxony: 1 / 1 Bavaria: 4 / 5 / 2

11 2 nd Round: Invited to Submit Full Proposals 2 nd Lower Saxony: 2 / 2 / 1 (Göttingen, Hannover Uni) Northrhine-Westphalia Westphalia: 7 / 8 / 2 (Aachen, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Köln, Münster, Paderborn) Hessen: 4 / 2 (Darmstadt, Frankfurt) Rhineland-Palatinate Palatinate: 3 (Mainz) Saarland: 1 / 1 (Saarbrücken) Baden-Württemberg: 10 / 9 / 3 (Freiburg, Heidelberg, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Ulm) Bremen: 2 / 2 (Bremen) Schl.-Holstein Holstein: 2 / 1 (Kiel, Lübeck) Hamburg: 1 (Hamburg) Graduate Schools Clusters of Excellence Grad Schools & Clusters of Exc. Institutional Strategy (incl. Grad Schools & Clusters of Exc.) Berlin: 6 / 7 / 2 (HU, FU, TU) Thuringia: 3 / 1 (Erfurt, Jena) Saxony: 1 / 1 (Leipzig) Bavaria 3 / 5 (Bayreuth, Erlangen- Nürnberg, München LMU, München TU, Würzburg)

12 Changes at German Universities creativity boost for the university system competition among universities gains momentum structural changes improved communication among researchers new cooperation projects and ideas for performance based research funding within the university more flexible ways of responding to specific requirements of excellent research areas impulses towards - internationalisation - gender balance - diversity enhanced identification with university development of an alumni culture

13 Opportunities for Young Researchers approved funding for ~ 20,000 young researchers (2005): full time ~ 4,400 in 226 Research Training Groups, 39 international RTGs half time project positions within the Individual Grants Programme, Emmy Noether-Programme, Programme "Funding For One's Own Position" ~ 550 research grants thousands of new positions through Excellence Initiative Illustration unter Verwendung von: Bildnr. " ",

14 Why the German Excellence Initiative Matters to the US to collaborate with the best partners to further international agendas in politics, society, research & research management to take advantage of knowledge resources "A German Ivy League Takes Shape" "Seeking Quality, German Universities Scrap Equality" "A A German exercise to foster élite universities began inauspiciously but is a step in the right direction" cooperate compete to mine potentials to attract foreign researchers and scientists to create attractive research environments

15 Time for questions Illustration taken from:

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